Despite how well they seem to go, we’re always stressed about border crossings. The rest of the time, we don’t seem to notice how far away from ‘home’ we are, nor do we feel like we’re tip toeing through hostile lands. In fact, we’re usually very comfortable and secure in our surroundings. But on border-crossing day, we just never know what awaits us on the other side. It doesn’t help that the people in the country we’re leaving always seem to hold their neighbors suspect, shaking their heads and waving a foreboding finger about XYZ’s villainous ways. In the US, we received ample warning about Mexico, Mexico warned us about Belize, Belize about Guatemala, and Guatemala about El Salvador. Apparently no matter where you live, Boo Radley always lives next door.
The United States was supporting the government of El Salvador, said President Ronald Reagan, because it was trying “to halt the infiltration into the Americas, by terrorists and by outside interference, and those who aren’t just aiming at El Salvador but, I think, are aiming at the whole of Central and possibly later South America and, I’m sure, eventually North America.” That’s just CRAZY talk. It’s plain paranoia to think that poverty stricken peasants cum guerilla fighters desperately resisting oppression could be misconstrued as terrorists intent on taking over the Americas. What the US was really doing was watching out for its OWN financial interests. By funding the government death squads, the US prolonged the bloodshed, and an estimated 75,000 people were killed.
Photos of our border crossing day…
Approaching the Guatemalan El Salvador border. It was a tiny crossing on a small bridge. A guard from each country stood on their respective sides with shot guns.
Countries seem to be flying by now that we’re in Central America. We’ve got to keep the flags handy so they are ready to be slapped on the Sprinter. El Salvador is now added!
Stevie celebrating a new country!
Our first experience with rush hour traffic in El Salvador. That rear passenger side tire is looking a little worn to me.